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WAPPINGERS FALLS - Richard H. Thornton,83, died tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Wingate at Ulster after a long illness.

Born October 23, 1927, in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late John Arthur and Sarah Jane Hardwick Thornton.

Dick graduated from Wappingers Central High School and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, where he served in the 8th Weather Squadron. He later attended Champion College and Plattsburgh State Teachers College.

After retiring from IBM in 1991, he returned to school to complete his degree in Historical Studies through Empire State College. He enjoyed writing, and was the author/publisher of two books.

He was a life member of American Legion Post 427, Wappingers Falls, where he had served as historian and as chaplain.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Wilfred, Andrew Ronald and John Stanley Thornton, his sister, Marion Greaves, and his nephew Jack Thornton.

On December 28, 1963, in Washingtonville, N.Y., he married Sara Flickinger. She survives at home.

He is also survived by sons Richard D. Thornton (Susan) of Naugatuck,CT., Thomas A. Thornton (Sheree) of Daphne, AL., James H. Thornton (Victoria) of Pleasant Valley, and Stephen B. Thornton (Rose Kinnear) of Poughkeepsie, daughter, Lynda A. (Gary) Millett of Farmington, NM, grandchildren, Christine and Melissa Thornton, Stephanie Bryant, Matthew Lippold, Valerie Santanello, Sean Samon, Melynda Rusk Thornton, and Brienne, Tyler and Kaylin Thornton, step grandchildren, Krista Yakubawski and Shane, Dillon and Brendan Shanahan, nine great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, a nephew, and five nieces.

Friends may call at the Delehanty Funeral Home 64 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls, Friday from 6 to 8 PM.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 10:30 AM at the funeral home, with the American Legion presiding.

Interment will follow at Wappingers Rural Cemetery.

Donations in Dick's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.delehantyfuneral.com

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2011
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